Minnesota National Guard steps up to fight ebola

Posted at 8:23 AM, Nov 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-19 08:23:16-05

The Minnesota National Guard is stepping up to help the fight against ebola.

About 700 men and women with the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be headed to West Africa in the spring.

Colonel Mike Wickman with the Minnesota National Guard said he expects a six-month deployment.

He said the troops will go through medical training, but they won't be directly dealing with ebola patients.

Major Darin Janisch says it's never easy to tell his family he has to go away.

"Rolling around in your there a clever way I can do it, is there some other way? Honey...we've just been notified that we will be deployed to West Africa."

Once the mission is complete, the men and women will undergo 21 days of monitoring.

They'll meet with a nurse twice a day and their temperatures will also be taken to make sure they didn't contract the virus.

Last week at Langley Air Force Base, about 90 troops stepped off a plane from West Africa.

They are still being quarantined.